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I was a moderate pot smoker (generally daily) and 22 days

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I was a moderate pot smoker (generally daily) and 22 days ago, I stopped smoking. A week after stopping, I took my first OTC urine test and it was negative - every single test I've taken since then has also been negative - whether I took it first thing in the am or afternoon or evening. Today is Sunday. Tuesday evening I must pass a standard pre-employment drug test. However, I would also like to return to my pre-August/summer vacation strenuous workouts and I'm freaked out that working out Monday am and then again on Tuesday am (day of the test) will somehow cause residual THC to be released into my urine... Am I just freaking out for no reason? Or should I just wait to resume working out on Wednesday? Sorry for the long and highly specific question.
mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

I understand your concern.

mysticdoc :

Working out indeed can cause release of the residual THC.

mysticdoc :

The THC is bound to the body fat.

mysticdoc :

This can get released by exercises.

mysticdoc :

Hence, it is better to avoid working out till the urine test.

Customer:

OK.

mysticdoc :

Pre employment drug tests use higher cut off value for THC just likely OTC drug tests.

mysticdoc :

Hence, you chances of clearing the urine drug screen is very good given the negative tests at home.

Customer:

really? i had not understood that to be true - i thought they used the same value...

mysticdoc :

Yes they use the same a OTC

Customer:

oh, ok - got it.

mysticdoc :

But in more sophisticated tests, lower cut off value is used.

Customer:

OK.

Customer:

thank you for your answer

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

best wishes,

mysticdoc :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
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